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C of I team honored at COMAP for the 2nd year

2009. 04. 14.

CALDWELL – C of I seniors Ben Coate and Zach Kopplin and junior Nate Landis have been awarded an "Outstanding" designation in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) 2009 Mathematical Competition in Modeling, one of just 11 teams to win this award out of more than 2,000 papers submitted. This is the second year in a row The College of Idaho has won this distinction.

"It is an incredible feeling to have won this competition twice in a row," said Coate, who was on last year's winning team. "I have been fortunate to have great teammates both years who brought different skill sets to the competition."

The team spent 55 hours over a four-day period on their paper, which was called "Energy Implications of Cellular Proliferation in the United States" and focused on cell phone rechargers and the energy they waste when plugged into the wall and not charging the battery.

Other teams who received an "Outstanding" designation were from Harvard University, Cornell University, Harvey Mudd College and the U.S. Military Academy.

"I can't emphasize enough how remarkable this achievement is," said Mike Hitchman, associate professor of math and physical science. "To have won the 'Outstanding' award once is remarkable, and to have done it twice in a row is something else."

Coate credited Hitchman and the other math and physics faculty for the team's success.

"The math and physical science department has given us every opportunity to excel," he said. "Not only have they prepared us for competitions like COMAP through their teachings in the classroom, but they have always been there as advisors, friends and avid supporters of all our extracurricular endeavors."

Other schools competing in the competition include teams from Princeton University (7 teams), MIT (2), Stanford University (2), Columbia University (2), University of Washington (4), Willamette University (2), Carroll College (10), and the University of Puget Sound (2).